Alison Lundergan Grimes Announces Senate Bid Against Mitch McConnell In Kentucky
Ending a long search by Democrats to find a worthy challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that she will run for Senate against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014.
Grimes, who had been touted as the Democrats' best hope of unseating McConnell, began seriously considering the race after actress Ashley Judd opted out in March.
The 34-year-old Grimes launched her bid with stinging criticism of the 71-year-old McConnell, the longest-serving U.S. senator in Kentucky history.
"I agree with thousands of Kentuckians that Kentucky is tired of 28 years of obstruction, that Kentucky is tired of someone who has voted against raising the minimum wage while all the while quadrupling his own net worth," Grimes told reporters. "Kentucky is tired of a senior senator that has lost touch with Kentucky issues, voters and their values."
But Republicans are asking who really is the one who's out of touch with Kentucky voters. Would it be the man who took to the Senate floor just last week to lambaste the president's "War on Coal", or the woman who proudly nominated the President at the DNC, last year? Obama took less than 40% of the vote in Kentucky.
“Just last year, Alison Lundergan Grimes stood proudly at the Democratic National Convention to nominate Barack Obama, who has followed through on his promise to destroy the coal industry,” said Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Grimes shrugged off the tactic and said voters have a choice between her and McConnell, not McConnell and Obama.
She's going to need to hire some of Joe Manchin's people to help extricate herself from Obama. Maybe she can cut a commercial of herself shooting a a copy of one of Obama's Climate Change executive orders?
Here's an ad the Kentucky GOP ran about Grimes as she as she mulled her decision to run, back in May: